Cycle-specific trousers are great for being a ‘subtle female cyclist’. Designed to look more like ‘off-the-bike’ clothing but with features to make them comfortable and practical on the bike, cycle-specific trousers are ideal for combining riding with other activities without requiring a change of clothes.
If you are faced with an unrepentant deluge, waterproof cycling trousers can be a real ride-saver, enabling you to stay dry and warm in the worst of conditions. They really make an incredible difference when riding in heavy rain - as they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. If you team a good pair of waterproof trousers with a fully waterproof jacket and waterproof overshoes you really need not notice the wet weather whilst out riding.
Particular things to look out for with waterproof cycling trousers include features to keep the trousers away from the chain (such as adjustment straps on the lower leg), details to make them easy to put on and take off (such as ankle zips) and little extras to make them comfortable to ride in (such as articulated knees, waistband adjustment and ventilation). Waterproof trousers are suitable for a range of female cyclists and can be worn over various types of clothing, both cycle-specific and non-cycle-specific.